East Lansing Film Festival


Now in its 26th year, the annual East Lansing Film Festival is the longest-running non-experimental film festival in Michigan, according to its website. It aims to bring independent films to mid-Michigan and to foster filmmaking in the region.

The festival, taking place at the Studio C! theater in the Meridian Mall, begins 6:30 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 9) with a showing of “The Stan Project,” a documentary about Discovery Channel “Yukon Men” star Stan Zuray and his life in the remote interior of Alaska. Zuray and director Ryan Walsh will be in attendance.

The festival continues with plenty of dramas, comedies, documentaries and short films throughout the week. For a full schedule, visit elff.com/films-schedule. 

Notably, director Arthur Musah will be in attendance for the showing of his documentary “Brief Tender Light” 3 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 14), lead actress Anna Briggs will be in attendance for the showing of the thriller “Farewelling” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, and director David Michael Maurer will be in attendance for the screenings of his short film “Mendo’s Carousel” 3:30 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 11) and 9 p.m. Monday (Nov. 13). Other cast and crew members will call in via Zoom for discussions throughout the week.

Tickets range from $8 to $15 and can be purchased at the theater or in advance at celebrationcinema.com/cinemas/studio-c-meridian-mall.




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